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October 13, 2008

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No, our headline doesn't refer to some new stock market record, but to the 105-year old Hagner real estate brokerage moving out of the building on Connecticut Ave south of DuPont Circle this coming Friday that it's occupied since the mid-1920s.


Actually, it's now the J Street Companies: Hagner Residential, Woodmark Commercial, and J Street Development, which impresario Bruce Baschuk put together over the last couple years, and that's the reason for the move. It will go to Georgetown, joining up with Woodmark, with which it merged in April. The offices on Thomas Jefferson Street will have 50 employees from DC; Woodmark also maintains an office in Reston and Hagner has another in Tenleytown. Bruce told us this weekend they've been combining operations all year and now it's time to combine physical presence in a more open space designed to encourage collaboration. As for its development activities, we reported in September that J Street acquired 110k SF 666 11th St. on top of Metro Center in a JV with a fund advised by UBS; Bruce tells us he's eying a couple more acquisitions in the CBD.

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We went for lunch with J Street marketing tsarina Karen Widmayer to Italian restaurant Otello a couple doors up the block; she had a similar job at CarrAmerica for 23 years, also downtown, so she's looking forward to discovering places to eat in a new part of town. But her life is never boring. On weekends, we learned, she's got two horses: a part-Connemara named Mirage and a Pony of the Americas named Puff. They really belong to her daughter Lexi but she borrows one in Poolesville at Catching Dreams Stables. While she was dreaming a few weeks back, she got her foot tromped on by a very large horse, but as you can see she's recovering fine. [Email Karen with sympathy.]




On Friday, the Crystal City Business Improvement District unveiled the 10 Arlington-based mile markers for the 33rd Annual Marine Corps Marathon, that as usual will course along Crystal Drive for miles 22 and 23, which will be full of food stations, live music, and kid fun stuff. Above, Marine Corps Marathon executive director Rick Nealis, graffiti artist Kevin Irvin, CC bid president Angie Fox, and Arlington County Board chair Walter Tejada. The race is Sunday morning, October 26, and is "limited" to 30,000 runners. More info.


Recognize this? The famous King Hall at the Naval Academy, where 4,300 midshipmen sit down, all at the same time, for three meals a day, 365 days a year. Our friends at Forrester Construction did the historical renovation over the last two years, while keeping the facility in full operation, and this month received a MidAtlantic Construction Magazine Best of 2008 Award. In addition, they previously won Navy Safe Contractor of the Year for the project. Not resting on their laurels, David Forrester tells us they're speeding ahead on, among other projects, the Jones-Walker lower school in DC, a flagship of Mayor Fenty's educational efforts, that's scheduled to be completed within 13 months, the fastest construction on record for a District school.   


Beers & Cutlers' Barbara McDuffie paid a visit the other day, urging us to tell readers about the fundraising poker party tomorrow evening at the Palm in DC, benefitting Dress for Success, a group that provides clothing and mentoring for women coming off of welfare and entering the workforce. More info. Barbara came to our office after having breakfast with Ray Ritchey, and therefore also enthusiastic about his cause: the Spanish Education Development Center offering adult English classes, GED prep, and bilingual daycare. Beyond her many charities, we learned two amazing things: Young though she is, she was a broker for 20 years (starting with Fern Barrueta in the 80s then at Studley), and she grew up as a "beach bum" near Clearwater, Fla., the daughter of a developer. Vent your jealousy by supporting her great charities!


We've been meaning to laud DCBIA for the amazing work it did some Saturdays ago for the Douglass Community Center in Ward 8. 550 DCBIA members turned out to do a million dollars worth of improvements like a new roof, custom-built cabinetry, new bathrooms and kitchen, desks in the computer room, re-paving the basketball court, cutting a new baseball diamond, and on and on. Above, the Clark construction team. 


PR guru Toni Aluisi, and co-chairs Mike O'Connor and Krista Strickland on hand for what was DCBIA's 16th annual "Community Improvement Day."


Kerry Iris, Co-chair of DCBIA's Community Services Committee, with DCBIA EVP Gail Edwards and lawyer (and board member) Jeff Gelman.


Perkins + Will's Ross Ives, Susan Ives, and Jamie Huffcut. Next good deed for DCBIA: Oct 16, 730-1030 AM: State of the Leasing Market panel of experts, National Press Club, hosted by DCBIA. More info.

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